Here’s an overview of our whole 15-day trip around America on my mom’s blog page.
Days 1 & 2 : The first day we hopped in my dad’s truck and headed off to the train station in Houston. My uncle, grandma, great, grandma, and my great aunt all met us there. We said goodbye and me, my mom, great-grandma, and great-great-aunt all boarded the train. When the conductor called “All Aboard!” I helped my grandma get her things into the train so we could sit down. We sat in there for about an hour until the train moved. During that time I enjoyed figuring out how to use all the buttons, and learned all the tricks of the train. Next after that we headed to the dining car for some food. The food was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
These two days we will travel from Houston to Los Angeles. We are sleeping in the sleeper car in roomettes on the Amtrak Sunset Limited. So far it has been a good trip, but you never know what lies ahead. Who knows we could run into a blizzard, or a train delay. So far it is great and I’m having a bunch of fun! The roomette we are staying in has seats which turn into bunk beds at night. The beds look good, and are really actually kind-of comfortable. I think this is going to be an awesome trip. (I might be a little crazy with anticipation.) The train was more than I expected. It is a two-story train, and has up to about ten cars each train. I cant wait till we get to New York. It is going to be awesome, along with Washington DC.
We learned a lot about the history of the towns we passed from the Amtrak Sunset Limited podcasts. We loaded them up before we left so we could listen to them as we passed through the towns. They are full of information about history, geography, animals, and a lot of other stuff. Here’s where you can download them.
The first two days we went through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Tomorrow morning we will wake up in California! Here are some pictures from the first two days.